ANDREW MAY is the Associate Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Theater Festival as well as a local teacher and director. Prior to working with Great Lakes, he was the artistic associate at The Cleveland Play House.
Winner of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for acting for his portrayal of Will Shakespeare in A Cry of Players, Mr. May was also artistic director of Chicago's Free Shakespeare Company, and a member of Stuart Gordon's Organic Theatre Co.
He has performed at various theatres across the country including Wisdom Bridge, Studio Arena, Goodman
and Victory Gardens, to name a few.
Say it isn’t so. The elderly assassin Abby Brewster (actor Lynn Allison, right) consoles her nephew Mortimer (Andrew May, left) after he discovers her scandalous secret in Great Lakes Theater Festival’s production of Joseph Kesselring’s madcap masterpiece Arsenic and Old Lace to open the classic theater company’s 46th season. Photography by Roger Mastroianni
This 2007 season he can be seen in Arsenic and Old Lace and Measure for Measure during the Festival’s Fall Repertory. After staging A Christmas Carol, he will undertake the role of John Proctor in The Crucible.
Andrew has also served as actor and director in numerous productions at Idaho's premier repertory company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
Andrew May appears in ART. (shown here with Mike Hartman)
Dr. Roy Berko, in ON STAGE writes:
"May ... does what May always does best ... develop a clear and consistent character. No one in Cleveland theatre can get more from a look, pause and facial freeze than May. No one can match him for looking confounded and certain at the same instant."
Carie Yonekawa (Elmire, left), Andrew May (Orgon, center) and David Anthony Smith
(Damis, right) inGreat Lakes Theater Festival s Tartuffe
Tony Brown of THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER writes:
"Students of May's work who thought he could never equal his hambonery in I Hate Hamlet, his facial contortions in The Infinite Regress of Human Vanity or the silliness of his Nick Bottom will be delighted to find themselves proven wrong.
May s Orgon, the blindly believing host who welcomes the thieving Tartuffe, never misses a chance to be deluded. Just when it seems that May will go overboard, he does - sighing, grim acing, yelping -and somehow makes it work beautifully.
No one else in the 15-member cast flies at this altitude, which is probably best. But several achieve moments that wrench attention from Orgon, if only momentarily."
Andrew May and Kelly Sullivan are Elyot and Sybil in Great Lakes Theater Festival's Private Lives
2007-2008 Season at The Great Lakes Theater Festival
Festival favorite Andrew May takes center stage as the zealous ruler Angelo in Great Lakes Theater Festival’s production of William Shakespeare’s political thriller Measure for Measure to open the classic theater company’s 46th season. The production runs in rotating repertory with Joseph Kesselring’s classic American comedy Arsenic and Old Lace at the Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square through October 21. Photography by Roger Mastroianni